Spicy food and Alcohol = My Ideal Dinner
I can’t even remember when I was introduced to the world of Tteobokki but I’ve always wanted to try it at least once in my life. The image of the white rice cakes covered in red chilli sauce cooked with fish cake, Korean cabbage, soft boiled eggs, and carrot striped, then topped with dried seaweed and sesame seeds makes my inner love for spicy food become stronger than ever.
Despite the burning love for Tteokbokki, I didn’t like it at first. Do you know rice cakes are chewy? I was expecting a smooth and soft texture, but little do I know, those bitches are chewy as hell. On top of that, the sauce wasn’t savoury as thought it would be. It’s more like a hot and sweet kinda deal. The fish cakes were too dominant. The Korean cabbage didn’t absorb the sauce really well. Everything seem to be off to me. But !!!
Butt-ba-di-butt !!!!! For some reason, the more I eat Tteokbokki, the more I like it. It’s a grower. It’s definitely a grower. If you think about it, it makes sense for the rice cakes to be chewy because it allows you to have time to recover from the heat. If the rice cakes were soft, it would soak up all the sauce and become soggy. In that case, Tteokbokki would become a soup. A really spicy soup. Speaking of soup, the spicy sauce that I thought it was off wasn’t off at all. I didn’t like it at first, because it wasn’t a familiar taste to me. The chilli sauce was created by using the chilli paste which is one of the most common ingredients in Korean cooking. If you had Korean foods before, you must have had it. I learnt that you just need to learn how to enjoy it.
Now, the rice cakes and the sauce are amazing as it is. What were wrong with the fish cakes and Korean cabbage? Oh my friend, let’s me tell you this. There weren’t anything wrong with it. The fish cakes are dominant, because it’s there to take your mind of the spiciness. The Korean cabbage is naturally sweet which helps you reduce the heat down at least by half. They are there because they have it owns purpose.
Ok, wait no more, if you want to have those experience by yourself, here is my Tteokbokki recipe. Give it a try and please tell me how you feel. I promise that it’s quite interesting.
Ps: It goes really well with Makkoli, a famous Korean sweet alcohol beverage.